Blatter, Hayatou Shocked by Suicide Attacks Killing Somali FA and Olympic Chiefs
April 4, 2012
Somali FA president Said Mohamed Nur was one of at least 10 people killed in the suicide blast (CAF)
(WFI) Sepp Blatter and CAF president Issa Hayatou have expressed shock and sadness following the deaths of Somali FA president, Said Mohamed Nur, and the country's Olympics chief, Aden Yabarow Wiish, in a suicide blast in Mogadishu today.
The terrorist attack in the country's capital also claimed the lives of at least eight other people.
Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, was also present when the suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a ceremony held at the national theatre to mark the first anniversary of a national TV station. He was unhurt in the attack and blamed al-Shabab militants.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was "shocked to hear about the attack".
"I knew both men personally and can only say good things about their endless efforts to promote sport and football in their country. They will be sorely missed," he said in a statement.
"At this very sad time, my thoughts and those of FIFA and the worldwide football community are with the families and loved ones of all the victims of this attack, and especially to the football and sport family of Somalia.”
Hayatou described the tragic loss of as "another black day for African football".
“I would like to express my deepest sympathy and send my condolences to the families of those killed in this terrible blast as well as to the Olympic and Football family of Somalia and to the people of Somalia," he said in a statement.
"It’s a tragedy, as Somali football lost a great leader with grassroots vision who was actively committed to football development despite very challenging conditions," he added.
The IOC issued a statement saying it was "shocked to hear of the terrorist attack" that took the lives of the two sports officials among others.
"Both men were engaged in improving the lives of Somalian people through sport and we strongly condemn such an act of barbarism," the IOC said.
"Our thoughts are with the Somalian sporting community who lost two great leaders and with the families of the victims."
The suicide attack happened as Mogadishu was starting to return to normal after 20 years of terrorism. Al-Shabab militants, who had controlled large parts of the country, were forced of the capital eight months ago by African Union and government troops.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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